PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Curry stripped off his No. 30 jersey and handed stuffed duffle bags full of memorabilia to a Delaware state trooper who stopped in full uniform to shoot hoops on the playground with neighborhood kids.
“That’s Curry! That’s Curry!” one kid yelled after Joshua Morris shot a long 3.
Curry put on a 3-point spectacle in Philly worthy of the trooper’s own effort.
Curry hit 10 3-pointers and scored 49 points to extend his sizzling stretch, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 107-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Morris later gifted the kid on the video — he called him his “hype man” — a pair of Curry’s basketball sneakers. The video caught Curry’s attention and he invited Morris and guests to the game. Curry posed for pictures after the game and walked back to the locker room without a shirt.
“He’s an amazing story … with the little kid that was hyping him up,” Curry said. “I had to show him some love. The love he showed the young man and just the foundation of impact that he shared. It’s pretty impressive.”
Curry wasn’t so bad himself.
Curry’s 3 that tied the game at 86-all gave him 11 straight games with 30 or more points, topping Kobe Bryant for the most by any player 33 or older. Curry, who turned 33 last month, also has the longest 30-point game streak by a Warriors player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964.
Curry had his fifth 40-point game in April and topped Bryant and Michael Jordan for most 40-point games in a month by a player 33 or older.
He buried 3s late in the fourth to whisk the Warriors past the top team in the Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid, who scored 28 for the 76ers, threw the ball away late and Andrew Wiggins scored on the other end to put away the game.
The Sixers played without All-Star Ben Simmons (illness) and starting forward Tobias Harris (20.5 points; sore right knee).
The Curry brothers went head-to-head — yes, in the City of Brotherly Love — in a spirited showdown from the opening minutes when Seth buried a 3 over his sibling. Steph answered with a tough 3 at the end of the first quarter and had 20 points at the half.
Even for Curry, his recent stretch of sensational shooting ranked among the best of his career. He averaged 43.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists in four games last week. Curry even shook off an injured left ankle that he turned in Saturday’s game against Boston to torch the 76ers.
“There’s something beautiful about it. It really is an art,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “What he’s doing is amazing to watch. Nobody in the history of this game has ever done what he’s doing right now.”
In the history of the game?
Sixers coach Doc Rivers agreed, even insisting in an argument with his older brother in Chicago that Curry’s season rivals anything Jordan ever accomplished.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like the run he’s on,” Rivers said. “I guarantee you there’s no one that has scored (points) in the way he has.”
Wiggins scored 16 points and Kevon Looney grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds.
Seth Curry scored 15 points and Danny Green hit four 3s for 12 points. Embiid had 13 rebounds and was 11 of 14 from the free throw line.
“He’s really a unique force in the league today,” Kerr said.
Curry showed he was still the best player on the court. Golden State’s 29-29 record could keep Curry from MVP consideration but the franchise’s career leading scorer — who hit at least 10 3s for the sixth time this season — is still one of the best in the league.